Harald Seidel to chair ACEA's Truck and Bus Board in 2024
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Harald Seidel to chair ACEA’s Truck and Bus Board in 2024

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has announced a significant leadership change in its Commercial Vehicle Board. Harald Seidel, president of DAF Trucks, has been elected as chairman for the year 2024, marking a new era of strategic leadership within Europe’s truck and bus manufacturing sector.

2024 is set to be a landmark year for the European truck industry, with a particular focus on advancing decarbonisation goals. Under Seidel’s leadership, the board will engage in crucial discussions concerning the CO2 regulation for heavy-duty vehicles. Seidel underscores the collective dedication of truck and bus manufacturers to decarbonise road transport, highlighting the need for supportive policies that match the ambitious targets set for vehicle manufacturers.

Addressing industry-wide challenges

Seidel points out the necessity for enhanced infrastructure, including charging stations and hydrogen refueling points, to facilitate the transition to zero-emission vehicles. He also emphasises the importance of effective carbon pricing schemes and supportive measures for transport operators to replace conventional vehicles with eco-friendly models. Additionally, the board will tackle key agenda items such as Euro 7 regulations, the Weights and Dimensions Directive, and emerging data rules in 2024.

Since joining DAF Trucks in 2001, Seidel has held various influential positions within the company, culminating in his promotion to president in 2022. His leadership is characterised by a deep understanding of the industry’s dynamics and a commitment to sustainable practices. Seidel’s election as chairman of the ACEA Commercial Vehicle Board is a testament to his expertise and vision for the future of European truck and bus manufacturing.

About ACEA

ACEA, representing the leading Europe-based car, van, truck, and bus makers, plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of the automotive industry. The association’s Commercial Vehicle Board, comprising CEOs of major manufacturers like DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ford Trucks, Iveco Group, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, and Volvo Group, is at the forefront of addressing industry challenges and driving innovation.